Category Archives: Hervey Bay

NIKON D5300 DSLR CAMERA WITH 18-55MM VR II LENS KIT | GO-PRO & iPHONE

Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!

‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ Tackling Obesity

Proudly Raising Awareness and Actioning Fun, Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast!

FCFH Timeline

• 65% of the Fraser Coast’s population is overweight or obese
• 30% of residents are obese which is 32% higher than the QLD state figure
• 19% smoke daily which is 47% higher than the state figure
• 8% hospitalisations are avoidable
• 25% of deaths are avoidable!
[Stats Via Fraser Coast Chronicle]

Rebrand June 2015

Rebrand June 2015

August 2014 saw the launch of Fraser Coast Health and Fitness Community Action Group. Now re-branded to the simple and easy to remember ‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ (No more tongue twister, soothing new colours, easy to remember, new directions, new activities, new goals & new timetable.)

Good friends Jeanette, Cheryl & Florian are excited about the new direction!

They are a team of passionate people and businesses in the community that are vested in helping others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun, productive and will make them happy and confident! I want to share with you their enthusiasm, motivation, professionalism, qualifications, encouragement, support and life experiences and encourage you to go on this amazing journey with them!

Jeanette & Cheryl

Jeanette & Cheryl

Jeanette is a qualified personal trainer and life coach who is extremely passionate about her fitness, striving for excellence in all aspects of her life, motivating and inspiring others on their journey. She definitely ‘Walks the Talk!”
Jeanette is a published author and has written the “4 Week Program” being a mind, meal and exercise plan that has proven to really work.
Since 2012 Jeanette has been leading people on mountain hikes, free 20km Community hikes on Fraser Island and free monthly 10km challenges in Hervey Bay (run or walk).
Her next 10km Challenge is on Saturday the 4th of July starting at Scarness Car Park at 6am. All welcome, take the Challenge, or go half way and do 5km!

Cheryl Virgo is a qualified natural therapies & massage therapist plus life coach with 15 years experience specialising in energy work.
Cheryl takes a free 6.5 km beach walk from Torquay Jetty to the Pier return each Wednesday at 6 am. All are welcome and you will experience the most magical sunrises on the East Coast! Cheryl is also excited about being “The Leader of the Pack” with her new 3 km “Dog Walks” on a Monday and Friday starting at Cafe Cavour on the Esplanade opposite Crown street.

Florian Fitzek is currently working away but is looking forward to getting back to the bay for work and firing up his free training business again!

For more info on local fitness news and events please like and follow the Fraser Coast Fitness and Health Facebook page HERE! 

 

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit

15 NikonI’ve finally bought a good beginners camera to further my interest in photography being a – Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit, with wifi and gps.

Yesterday I did some camera practice on a 10km hike on Fraser Island. Some of my beginners snaps here and a couple taken of me by acclaimed award winning local photographer Sandra Boles on her weapon of a camera. Thanks heaps for all the helpful tips Sandy!!

Turia Pitt Motivational Talk

On Saturday the 6th of June I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to the very inspirational Turia Pitt at the Brolga Theatre Maryborough.
Turia was burned terribly to 65% of her body in Sept 2011 by a grassfire when competing in a 100km Ultra Marathon across the Kimberley. She mentioned she passed away three times on the operating table and her amazing transformation has so far taken over three years and over two hundred surgical procedures. She wore her mask for two years and didn’t like it at all, mentioning how we all wear masks ….. something to think about!

She spoke of how people have so much more potential and are capable of so much more than they realise. If you really want to do something you will always find a way to make it happen, anything is possible if you never give up. Time is our most precious resource, make the most of every single day.
Earlier this year Turia ran the Huskisson 42km Marathon and beat her time from before her injuries! She is currently training between 8am – 11am in the morning to compete in an Ironman! 4km swim, 180km bike ride plus 42km run.

Turia mentioned that long runs can be tedious which I tend to agree with so she uses her imagination for distraction such as seeing herself as a messenger running to the Queen. Her talk was very amusing.
She mentioned one day she may get back into engineering as she missed the maths and spread sheets (I couldn’t think of anything worse hee hee) but for now is enjoying her motivational public speaking and supporting the charity Interplast plus possibly staring a family with Michael.
She has also written a book ‘Everything to Live For’, more info here! … and is currently working on her new book, ‘Life is a Gift’.
[Images via Turia’s website, Womens Weekly, News.com.au and 60 Minutes]

 

Deputy Mayor Complaint letter by D.G.Barrowcliffe

Fraser Coast Regional Council Deputy Mayor

Fraser Coast Regional Council unlawfully elected Councillor Robert Garland to the position of Mayor on 6 May 2015 by failing to comply with the lawful requirements of the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012.

As a consequence I have made a formal complaint shown below in its entirety to the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning on 15 May 2015.

It remains to be seen whether Minister Jackie Trad follows the actions of her predecessor David Crisafulli and does nothing about the complaints of non- compliance of the Local Government Act by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.   Will she discharge her legislated responsibilities and take action against the Council?

RE: Formal complaint concerning Fraser Coast Regional Council

I wish to make a formal complaint concerning breaches and non-compliance of the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2010 by the CEO Lisa Desmond, James Cockburn Acting Director Community & Development Services, the Mayor Councillor Gerard O’Connell and councillors, James Hansen, Phil Trustcott, Chris Loft, Daniel Sanderson, Rolf Light, Trevor McDonald, Darren Everard, Robert Garland and Stuart Taylor.

On Wednesday, 6 May 2015 Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) held Ordinary Meeting No.6. Item 10.2 on the agenda was the review of the position of Deputy Mayor and the call for nominations. Two resolutions, one for the position of Deputy Mayor to be declared vacant and one calling for nominations for a new Deputy Mayor, both resolutions being carried unanimously (Doc1).

Councillor Light moved and Councillor Truscott seconded a resolution “If more than 1 nominee, a secret preferential ballot be conducted to determine the new incumbent to the position of Mayor”. The resolution was carried unanimously. Two nominations were received, one for Councillor Everard and one for Councillor Garland. A secret ballot was conducted by the CEO Lisa Desmond and the Acting Director Community & Development Service James Cockburn. The ballot resulted in Councillor Garland obtaining a majority of votes, the number of which were not disclosed. A resolution was moved by Councillor Everard and seconded by Councillor Taylor that Councillor Garland be appointed to the position of Deputy Mayor. The motion was carried unanimously. (Doc2) (Doc4)

In the Fraser Coast Chronicle on Wednesday, 6 May 2015, published and circulated before the Council meeting were two articles, one headed “Deputy voted behind closed doors” and one “Councillors vote behind closed doors”. One of the articles correctly named the two nominations and correctly identified Councillor Garland being elected Deputy Mayor behind a closed door meeting held on Monday 4 May 2015, TWO DAYS before the open Council Meeting. The other article raises the matter of probity and transparency of Council meetings and decision making (Doc3)

The two articles clearly indicate that decisions were made behind a closed door meeting held on the Monday prior to the Ordinary Council meeting. The meetings are referred to as an “Executive Briefings” The meetings are attended by the CEO Lisa Desmond and other staff members and all councillors. The term “Executive Briefing” is to circumvent the requirements of the CEO Lisa Desmond to comply with Section 272(1) (2) (4) (a) Local Government Regulation 2012. It is a well-known practice of the council to conduct business in this manner which has been previously stated to me personally by 3 councillors on three different occasions. In this particular matter it has been evidenced in writing and published before the council meeting. This provides evidence that there was a structured and unrecorded meeting where a vote was taken in secret.

Under council Standing Orders the CEO Lisa Desmond is responsible for providing agendas for meetings. The meeting as reported in the Fraser Coast Chronicle held on Monday 4 May 2015 where a decision was made and a vote taken was done in contravention of Section 277 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Local Government Regulation 2012 Public Notice of Meeting.

The community assumes and expects that if the CEO Lisa Desmond was, as required under Section 194 (2) Local Government Act A person is qualified to be the chief executive officer if the person has the ability, experience, knowledge and skills that the local government considers appropriate having regards to the responsibilities of a chief executive officer she would or should have known that the resolution proposed by Councillor Light and seconded by Councillor Trustcott was not in compliance with Section 260 (2) (a) Local Government Regulation 2010. She should have, or would have known that a secret ballot where the voting is not disclosed as to what number of councillors voted for each candidate that Section 260 (2) (b) (c) (d) could not be complied with. Likewise, it would be assumed that James Cockburn, in the executive position as the Acting Director of Community Development Services would have known that a secret vote was in breach of Section 260 (2) (a) Local Government Regulation 2010(Doc5)

At a Council meeting No.6 held on Wednesday 7 May 2014 a resolution was passed 9 votes to 2 that a secret ballot be conducted should more than one person be nominated for the position of Deputy Mayor. On that occasion there was only one nomination so the secret ballot was not conducted. Regardless, it proves the point that councillors do propose secret ballots in the full knowledge and support of the CEO Lisa Desmond. (Doc7)

The manner in which Councillor Robert Garland was elected was in contravention of Section 260 (2) (a) (b) (c) (d). Local Government Regulation 2010, therefore his appointment is illegal and has no effect. He is not entitled to any additional remuneration as prescribed for a person who is the Deputy Mayor.

The CEO Lisa Desmond and the Acting Director Community & Development Services James Cockburn have breached Section 4 (2) (a) (d) (e) Local Government Act 2009 (Local Government Principles), and Section 13 (b) (i) (ii) (c) (d) (e) (h) Local Government Act 2009.

The Mayor Councillor Gerard O’Connell, and Councillors James Hansen, Phil Trustcott, Chris Loft, Daniel Sanderson, Rolf Light, Trevor McDonald, Darren Everard, Robert Garland, Stuart Taylor and George Seymour, have all by their conduct breached Section 4 (2) (a) (e) (Local government Principles), Section 12 (1) (3) (a) (i) (b) (d) and Section 176 (1) (a) (3) (a) (b) (i) (ii) Local Government Act 2009.

As a consequence of the conduct of the CEO Lisa Desmond I sent an email to her concerning the election of the Deputy Mayor to which I have yet to receive acknowledgement or response (Doc 9)

I also sent an email to all councillors and the Mayor Gerard O’Connell to which I have yet to receive acknowledgement or response (Doc 8)

On Saturday 9 May 2015 a letter which I had written (edited) was published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle concerning the appointment of the Deputy Mayor (Doc 6)

Because of the breaches and non-compliance with the Local Government Act 2009 the Minister for Local Government has to act in accordance with Section 113 (1), (2) and 3 (b). Should the Minister not act she will be in breach of Section 4 (1) (a) (b) (i) (ii) and be answerable to the Parliament for her actions.

As it is a matter of record that you have previously failed on complaint to take action against the CEO Lisa Desmond and various councillors a copy of this correspondence will be sent to Bruce Saunders the Member for Maryborough with a request that he forwards it to the Minister for Local Government Jackie Trad directly for her information.

List of document in attached file. – HERE

  1. Copy of front page of Council minutes dated 6 May 2015 (Doc1)
  2. Page 6 of Council minutes (Doc2)
  3. Two articles in Fraser Coast Chronicle 6 May 2015(Doc3)
  4. Article in Fraser Coast Chronicle 7 May 2015 (Doc 4)
  5. Letters to the editor in Fraser Coast Chronicle 7 & 8 May 2015(Doc 5)
  6. Letter to the editor in Fraser Coast Chronicle 9 May 2015 (Doc6)
  7. Page 4 of Council minutes dated 7 May 2014(Doc7)
  8. Email dated 8 May 2015 to all councillors (Doc 8)
  9. Email dated 7 May 2015 to CEO Lisa Desmond (Doc 9)

Yours sincerely
D.G.Barrowcliffe
E: dave.barrowcliffe597@gmail.com

 

 

UPDATE ENZO’s DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MCU-141028:

9The DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION ON FILE is confirmed in writing from the CEO as being NON – COMPLIANT and pursuant to a clause they chose to “exercise their right” and deem it as acceptable.
The correct Building Conditions WERE NOT in the AGENDA VOTED ON by Councillors at the Ordinary Meeting on the 25th of March 2015. Council has twice DOCTORED THE BUILDING CONDITIONS / RECORDS OF THE ORDINARY MEETING MINUTES that they NOW are NOT A TRUE & CORRECT RECORD AND DO NOT CORRESPOND WITH THE DECISION NOTICE. The CEO also gave herself permission to waver the Public Tender / Expressions of Interest Process on the adjoining lease (someone else in the community may have liked to put a little cafe next door).
I have emailed the CEO more questions today and expressed that as a rate payer I am NOT happy to pay the wage of town planners that do not do the job they are employed to do and am alarmed they do not make sure Development Applications meet mandatory requirements in the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms which are required for a ‘properly made’ development application on State wide forms used by all local governments in Queensland..
If I was a Councillor I would be refusing to VOTE for anything that was NON – COMPLIANT like Councillors James Hansen, Trevor McDonald & George Seymour did.
How can a NON COMPLIANT Development Application that CONFLICTS with all of the attached from the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 be in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009?
With TWO Independent Town-Planner Reports submitted AGAINST the NON – COMPLIANT Development Application clearly stating it is not safe or appropriate to build there, the CEO, Council Town Planners & some Councillors choose to declare it “otherwise”
Other correspondence with FCRC has stated that – “The Fraser Coast Shoreline Management Options Assessment Report highlights the long term changes that the Fraser Coast will face along its shoreline. The influences of a receding shoreline and rising sea levels indicate that demand for capital and operation management will increase over time.”

More info here & here.

LATIN DANCE WORKSHOP & PARTY CRUISE + After Party!

A huge thank you to everyone that participated in our Latin dance day! Fun times! Thank you Lupita!!! & Blue Dolphin Marine Tours!!!

Salsa Group
L.A.D Studio – Latin Dance
Zumba Caliente Fraser Coast
Design House

LATIN DANCE WORKSHOP & PARTY CRUISE + After Party!
Sat 30th May 2015 With Lupita, Ana & Jeanette!

Just do the workshop, or the cruise, or both, the Choice is yours!
HURRY email for payment details: info@salsagroup.com.auSalsa Workshop & Cruise May 2015 FINAL

Fraser Island Marathon “The run so good they had to ban it!”

UPDATE: Letter John Glaister | Director-General (Seems the Minister has passed my questions even higher).
FINALLY CONFIRMATION: THERE IS NO SPECIFIC PENALTY FOR A PERSON RUNNING ON FRASER ISLAND!!! YAY!
Obviously there is no ‘Fraser Island Marathon’ event now and no permit, but on the upside it appears one could still possibly enjoy running on the Island at their own leisure and own choice of whether there is a ‘personal safety risk’ keeping in mind the dingo safety rules, whether they are in a dingo prone area or not & most importantly ‘stick to groups’!!

 

Director general

 

Fraser Island Marathon you tube

DO NOT REMOVE MEMORIAL HALL – ‘Historical Significance’


– Awesome Video by Mark Norfolk

11013151_827037687381060_9103203614257164088_n

Please sign the petition here!

Please Sign & Share this petition against demolishing or moving the historic Main St Memorial Hall & Railway Station. So many of us do our exercise in this awesome hall!

“The hall was dedicated to the Old and New Diggers in 1941 and should remain in Freedom Park as the Returned Soldiers wanted it to be a benefit to the Community.” – Delma Taylor

“Possibly dates to 1906. The Burrum Divisional Board was formed in 1880. In 1905 the Board disbanded and a new Pialba Shire Council was formed. The council purchased land at Main Road and Torquay Road from Jocumsens for £80 and in 1906 Queensland Cabinet voted £300 towards construction of the shire hall. It was built by Ashton Nelson. In 1917 the Pialba Shire Council was replaced by the Burrum Shire Council. The building was moved in 1941 to its present locality for use as a dance hall and theatre.”

PIALBA’S NEW HALL FINE MEMORIAL TO DIGGERS – Officially Opened by State President Mr. R. D. Huish (Maryborough Chronicle Wed Dec 24 1941.)
Full story here!

Locals Protest against moving the Hall, Fraser Coast Chronicle here!

My notes from Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 – 150415

____________________________________________________________________________________________
EMAIL TO THE COUNCIL CEO –
Sent: Sunday, 12 April 2015 6:55 PM
To: ‘Lisa Desmond’

Hi Lisa,

Could you please explain why the Ordinary Meeting No.04 Minutes – 250315 and next Ordinary Meeting No.05 Agenda – 150415 to be approved by Council on Wed 15th April 2015, DO NOT reflect the approved Ordinary Meeting No.04 Agenda – 250315; that is on the Council website and was printed out in folders at the Council meeting on the day for public viewing?

Could you also explain how a development application with no provisions for separate Water Supply (for council staff to read the meter), Telecommunications, Electricity etc meets the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and mandatory requirements in the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms which are required for a ‘properly made’ development application on State wide forms used by all local governments in Queensland?

Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 Agenda – 250315:
http://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/documents/4362881/41452626/Ordinary%20Meeting%20No.%2004%20Agenda%20-%20250315

Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 Minutes – 250315:
http://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/documents/4362881/41452626/Ordinary%20Meeting%20No.%2004%20Minutes%20-%20250315.pdf

• These are the Conditions / hours approved at the meeting in the Council agenda on page 182 & 150?

2

Now the minutes has completely different conditions / hours ???
As there was absolutely no discussion about a change of hours, how does the minutes then not reflect the agenda conditions?

3

• 147 of the agenda
Vehicle Access
#16 is missing from the minutes

6

• page 147 of the agenda
Water Supply
#20 is missing from the meeting

7

• p. 147 of the agenda
Sewer Reticulation
# 23 missing from the minutes

8

• p. 147 of the agenda
No Telecommunications in the minutes

4
• p.148
No Electricity in the Minutes

5

____________________________________________________________________________________________

EMAIL to Rolf Light, James Hansen, Trevor McDonald, Lisa Desmond, Gerard O’Connell, George Seymour
Sent: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:41 AM

Hi George,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to this ….

If you had to look into it, means you didn’t know the development conditions had changed either.

James said he would ask it too, which depicts he didn’t know the conditions had changed either from the agenda

Therefore I don’t feel any of the Councillors had any idea which conditions they were actually voting on at the last Ordinary Meeting No.4 on Wednesday the 25th of March.

I don’t feel the last Council Ordinary Meeting motion or minutes can be passed or have followed correct legal local government procedure or the new conditions meet the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

I spoke for five minutes and mentioned the hours of operation new closing time of 11pm six days a week as per the agenda at the last meeting, and not one councillor or staff member present knew to mention it was now changed to another new closing time of midnight seven days a week as per the apparent new amended development conditions that were not made available before the meeting and altered in the minutes after the meeting?

Not one single person (CEO, Mayor, Councillors & Directors) in that meeting knew or mentioned the agenda on the website was incorrect, with false development conditions being portrayed to objectors and the public at large, nor were Councillors advised of this before voting.

You would think it would be a mandatory local government requirement to have exact, correct and current agenda details on their website?

Kind regards

Jeanette Maynes
OWNER / GRAPHIC & WEBSITE DESIGNER
____________________________________________________________________________________________

blog 1

____________________________________________________________________________________________

My notes from Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 – 150415

11139407_824822060935956_1587495872286353496_nStuart Taylor
– I have to make everyone aware someone is recording in the gallery (that was me filming on my phone)

Jeanette Maynes
– Is there an actual rule against that?

Stuart Taylor
– yes in the standing order.

George Seymour
– What section of the standing order were you relying on to say there is no recording allowed?

Stuart Taylor
– Couldn’t find a standing order.

CEO Lisa Desmond
– confirmed there was no such standing order but in the public participation documentation it is noted the chairman’s permission should be sought. Even the media are suppose to ask permission each meeting apparently.

Mayor Gerard O’Connell
– stated permission should be sought to record

Jeanette Maynes
– therefore I asked the Mayor if I could make the request and the councillors vote yes or no on this as to whether I could film this section like the media are able to do

Mayor Gerard O’Connell put forward a motion for the Councillors to vote on that I be allowed to record the meeting which was moved by George Seymour and seconded by James Hanson.
– I lost my motion 8 / 3 (Seymour, Hanson, Truscott in favour) to film the section of the Council meeting where Council was addressing why the ‘Minutes’ of the last ordinary meeting No.4 in relation to why Enzo’s building development conditions had been altered / doctored from the ‘Agenda’ that the Councillors had voted upon and was printed in front of them at the meeting.

CEO Lisa Desmond
– Tabling of a report for rectification of the public records. Lisa presented a copy of a report stating that it should have been included in the hard copy, electronic & public agendas of the last Ordinary meeting No.4 in relation to ENZO’s DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MCU-141028 Conditions. Council then decided to table the correct development conditions excluded from the Agenda on the 25th of March at this meeting on the 15th of April. Lisa mentioned a Jamie Coburn emailed the councillors on the 23rd in relation to the changed development conditions.

Trevor McDonald
– Mentioned it is a public embarrassment, but supported Council

Stuart Taylor
– I was not sure what he was on about mentioning to further alter headers and footers

George Seymour
– mentioned that the copy of a report tabled by the CEO today was not attached to an email by a Jamie Coburn and today was the first time he had ever seen it. He stated he felt it was specifically produced for today’s purposes and by tabling this with the amended minutes Council would be trying to imply they received this new conditions report on the 23rd before the meeting, which they didn’t.

CEO Lisa Desmond
– Clarified the additional report tabled was not sent in an email to the Councillors by a Jamie Coburn on the 23rd before the meeting but should have been included in the official agenda

Chris Loft
– said that when voting at the last meeting he knew about the new amended midnight closing time and was not comfortable with it and would have preferred the 11pm time, stating he is not happy as he would like people in bed earlier. Contradicting and confirming that he was not aware of the change to the development conditions that he voted on at the previous meeting or he would have mentioned this concern at the time to be recorded in the minutes.

After the tabling of this magically appeared report, there was another motion in relation to the ‘Minutes’ of the ordinary meeting on the 25th of March as to whether it was a true and correct record of the conduct of that meeting and the motions passed. Obviously there is no way it could be as the CEO confirmed that the copy of a report that should have been included in the hard copy, electronic & public agendas was not at the meeting and was not voted upon.

George Seymour
– Spoke again against the motion stating this is the first time he has ever seen this report / document tabled by the CEO, stating it did not go into the public agenda on the website, did not go out in printed form, did not go in the agenda available to the public on the day and was not in the application used to read the agenda.
Nobody referred to this apparent email on the 23rd during the Council meeting before voting.
He believed he was voting on the agenda in front of him on the day as there was never an agenda produced with the additional report.
Nobody moved to included the changes in this additional report to the minutes, an example being not closing till midnight and reaffirmed this was not the agenda presented to the Councillors.

James Hansen
– stated he would be voting against the motion, saying he felt uncomfortable voting this as a true and accurate record as it was not the hard copy agenda in front of him at the Council meeting that he voted on, even though he had seen an email.

Motion was passed 8 / 2
George Seymour and James Hansen against.
Rolf Light abstained as he was not present at the previous Council Meeting.

Even though the CEO said in front of all Councillors and those in the public gallery that the copy of the building conditions report that should have been included in the hard copy, electronic & public agendas was not at the Ordinary meeting on the 25th of March therefore it was not voted upon plus even tabling and having a motion passed for rectification of the public records to say this report was to now be added as an adjustment to the minutes.
Eight Councillors (Cr Gerard O’Connell – Mayor, Cr Phil Truscott, Cr Chris Loft, Cr Daniel Sanderson, Cr Trevor McDonald, Cr Darren Everard, Cr Robert Garland, Cr Stuart Taylor) decided to vote for the motion that the ‘Minutes’ were a true and correct record of the conduct of that meeting, even though they didn’t vote on the correct report in the hard copy agenda in front of them on the day and the CEO did not provide it till yesterday?

Yep WOW and these people are the ones making decisions that affect us all on the Fraser Coast, and the future of the Hervey Bay erosion prone foreshore.

By the end of the Ordinary meeting Darren Everard requested the CEO Lisa Desmond to look into video streaming all Council Meetings.

A big thanks to George Seymour and James Hansen it is a really powerful experience and instils hope to watch men speak up with such honesty and integrity.

I would have loved for the Fraser Coast Community and the Ombudsman to have seen this video, I did try!

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Do Not Move the Memorial Hall & Railway Station!

“Met a great man this morning; Kenneth Hall who spoke to Council with passion and common sense regarding the Memorial Hall and Station. Let’s hope the Council not only listened but heard his words of wisdom.
Memorial Hall was moved in 1941 to its current location because of flood waters. He spoke with John Kelsey President RSL Sub Branch by phone to put our case to him.
John Kelsey President RSL Sub Branch agreed with Council the Freedom Hall should go to give more open spacers “Not a word when he was told that many of Hervey Bay Soldiers and Navy use the Hall for weddings, farewells and parties when they return. But he did say it was not Heritage Listed and that was that.”
Memorial Hall was for the return service men and woman and the people of Hervey Bay it was our town Hall as well.
Author Ken Hall: http://what-next-you-bastard.com/
Update 16.04.2015:
I have just had a call advising the Hervey Bay RSL is right behind Council with the removal of our valued landmarks. It appears the RSL has known about this for some time and wanting it removed or ‘dismantled’ to make way for further statues and monuments. The cost of moving the hall will cost too much money so it might seem the buildings will be demolished. Further to this the RSL is buying up properties all around Hervey Bay and some months back even took over the kitchen at the Golf Club. I have also been told the RSL are wanting to take over the building in Torquay Road and stop the community groups from utilising this space. This may also be demolished. My concern is the transparency and openness from the RSL and Council on these buildings. Why is it all such secret squirrel business? Why can’t we be told the complete truth? If they are not going to demolish these buildings then where will they be relocated? The timber floors are made from trees from Fraser Island, so will it be damaged when being moved? It certainly won’t be able to be replaced.”
Jannean Dean

Hi Ken,
I’ve had a look and it appears it is heritage listed, the RSL has told you a fib.
Kind regards Jeanette

Pialba Railway Station HERE!   Pialba Memorial Hall HERE!   

 

Fraser Coast Regional Council Meeting – Enzo’s Development Application Speech


Hi Guys, if you would like an awesome test of your self confidence and self esteem levels I suggest you engage in the wonderful opportunity to do a speech before the Fraser Coast Regional Council on important community matters. You will be given five minutes so will have to rush and speak quick, have a bell rung if you dare to go over, you will be made to stand down the back of the room, given no microphone unlike the Councillors and have to yell. Councillors will have their backs to you, there will be no level of common courtesy, they will be on their ipads, laptop, smart phones, or writing, no one will look at you and then the the Mayor will dismiss you if you go over time (6:05mins for me, PB!).  Take the challenge I dare you, all members of the public / rate payers that make a speech are treated like this. The time for speeches was changed to before the media arrives to avoid their knowledge of community concerns plus there are no minutes taken so that Council does not have to respond, answer, acknowledge or address your concerns. Oh and an added bonus is you even get to pay their wage ….!

Thank you to Jannean Dean and the gentlemen in the front row of the public gallery that commended my speech, research and information.
I also sat next to a gentleman named Allan who was really nice and very well informed on local matters, we had a good laugh and discussion. He showed me an awesome picture of a prize stud bull he had raised it was huge for only 17 months old and weighs 900kg!
The bull is named Lower Tully James Kenniff, Allan names all of his stud animals after bushrangers, this guy operated around the Rockhampton in the late 1800s to 1901.
Allan also gave me some images of his complaint where he caught council staff dumping rubbish / tree loppings in the bush, then they had to come and remove it again when busted, talk about double handling at rate payer expense.

speechThere  was some other very interesting & amusing happenings at the meeting …

The Mayor wanted to apply and pass his own new motion for Compass Helicopters to fly every holiday and ‘EVERY WEEKEND’ all day (Obviously there has been backdoor negotiations discussed that were not included in the council agenda nor were any other Councillors aware of this)  The Mayor looked quite desperate trying to get his new motion approved with the Compass Helicopters owner sitting  in the gallery – he lost 8 – 2.
Compass Helicopters only have to pay $1040 for exclusive use of the Esplanade, same or less than a personal trainer!!! George Seymour excellently argued why should they have ‘Exclusive Access’ to Community Open Parks  next to a playground for $5 a day and not have to pay airport landing fees like everyone else…..?

Watching George communicate and engage in Council meetings is an absolute  breath of fresh air. He is intelligent, professional, articulates well, keeps to the point and has a very thorough knowledge of Council and Local Government Legislation. I was nearly in hysterics watching the Mayor rolls his eyes every time George corrected the discussion to be in line and reflect the constitution, legislation and correct Council protocols.

The Councillors, town planners & CEO spent nearly half an hour trying to block having the Old Maryborough Township heritage listed as ‘rare’ by George … even though it is the only such site left not only Queensland but the whole of Australia.
Just in case this listing / wording may somehow affect the building development they want to construct on it. A local resident told me the site floods anyway that’s why the residents originally moved from there.

My speech below  ….. 

Good Morning Everyone. As a concerned resident, ratepayer, local business operator, vice president of the Scarness Action Group and chairperson of the Body Corporate representing all the lot owners in the Eden by the Bay Resort located opposite the proposed development site; I would like to speak in relation Enzo’s Development Application. I am extremely concerned current Council Town Planners accepted this development application in the first place due to the fact there were so many documented errors, coupled with Council’s recommendation to vote in approval of this application is extremely flawed and inaccurate.

Allow me to explain some of the reasons why.
Firstly, the application did not meet the mandatory requirements in the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms which are required for a properly made development application on State wide forms used by all local governments in Queensland.  This is validated in writing by Cardno’s Report on page 159 of your Council Agenda where they have put in writing that the Council Town Planners should have requested this mandatory information before accepting the application as being ‘properly made’ and that the lack of comprehensive dimensions hinders the ability of the public and assessment manager to easily understand the scale of the development.

Your attention to page 155 would be appreciated where the applicant, Cardno and your Town Planners have once again breached the mandatory requirements identified on the IDAS forms by again supplying approximant measurements for the utilities, the second storey and the building height. This current application still appears – not to be compliant with IDAS form requirements.

It is alarming that the public were denied the benefit and opportunity of being properly informed by only being supplied the one initial poorly prepared development application to review as well as incorrect information provided by Council staff during the ‘public notification’ period. How is this fair or professional?

  • The applicants, Cardno and Council Town Planners have still failed to satisfy the planning scheme’s parking requirements. For a development of this size being 667.56m2 there should be more like twenty carparks to meet requirements. This application must be amended to reflect this. We already have severe parking issues at Scarness and this development will further disadvantage the public and existing surrounding businesses on private land.
  • Also, on page 161 Cardno’s assessment states that the proposed building is to be a light weight structure. How will this hold up when Enzo’s own cement boat ramp cracked right through in numerous places. Increasing the scale and intensity of the development on land which forms part of the Coastal Management District and is mapped as erosion prone and subject to storm surge / tide hazard is inconsistent with Council requirements and does not represent a good planning outcome. This may result in even further public funds having to be spent on protecting the development once constructed from adverse coastal influence and the already known current erosion crisis.Building to this scale on this site is just absolutely dangerous and should not even be considered.
  • The applicants; Cardno and Council Town Planners have still failed to demonstrate that there will be no unacceptable noise nuisance to surrounding public areas or private properties nor have they demonstrated that the development will not have an adverse impact on the amenity of the local area and adjoining residents. Cardno falsely reports Enzo’s is 60m from residents.

Enzo’s is roughly 30 metres from caravan residents, 40 meters from the caravan park caretakers, 45 metres from Eden by the Bay Resort and under 60m from neighbouring restaurants. These distances will be less another 4 meters and back to the bike path if the application is approved. With an open rooftop bar, sound cannot be contained or controlled especially with sea breezes. At the resort we can already clearly hear the open microphone sessions on the Scarness stage well over 200meters away.

Before setting the precedent for developments applications on the entire Hervey Bay foreshore I ask you as Councillors elected by the community to be very confident that you are making a responsible and informed decision. The application made available to the public did not provide any indication whatsoever as to the proposed hours of operations.  Upon this being queried council staff confirmed the existing closure at the time of 4pm would remain. Interestingly the Cardo Report has recommended that the approval allow to use and to operate until 11pm. Monday to Saturday and 9pm on Sundays  Surely the public should have been made aware of such a proposed closing time 7 hours later than the current use when the application was advertised.  And where did Cardno Report pull those closing times from, they were engaged to review the application not make up times?
This Cardno Report recommends that Council agree to allow operation until 11pm with no supporting noise study recommendations in a two storey lightweight structure with unenclosed decks on a licensed premises and possible amplified music / sound is a very real concern when residential & tourist accommodation is less than 40m away. I can imagine the nonstop complaints to council already!

It appears that Council’s decision to approve the town planning application was or may have been made when negotiating leasing matters with the applicant rather than after the development application was lodged and certainly well before the public was given the opportunity to make submissions.  Perhaps this is why the applicant prepared such a poor and minimal development application and Council did not request any additional information or even require the application to supply mandatory information because the decision to approve the application has already been made before the application was even prepared.  I am seriously disappointed with Council’s handling of this development application.  I know many other people are as well.

The Cardno Report as tabled did not appear as an independent review and was possibly prepared in response to a (verbal) brief from Council staff to cover up the their stuff ups and reinforce an earlier decision to allow the development.

This rooftop bar will directly affect and compromise a pleasant experience for all resort guests, owners and residents. The second storey will significantly alter the current views. It will compromise the absolute right to privacy and the right to a quiet peaceful holiday or lifestyle plus devalue the property. Apartment owners, Scarness business owners and landlords may also incur revenue loss from their investments and sales. The noise pollution will be heard through the entire resort and Scarness foreshore businesses, Caravan Park and restaurants.

Would you like people drinking on a rooftop peering into your private home, resort room, caravan or business till 11pm all year around? Not to mention by the time party goers leave the venue and staff close up; this time will be much closer to midnight. The Beach House hotel even shuts all their doors when they have bands and functions on at night due to imposed noise restrictions.

  • This proposal is inconsistent with the Open Space Zone; which is to provide for the informal active recreation needs of residents and visitors. Land zoned for public use as open space and set aside as an erosion buffer should not ever be compromised or alienated by changing its use for the benefit of a commercial enterprise.
  • I do not feel your Town Planners Report, nor its recommendation is a clear or accurate representation and had not considered the effects to the community at large. I would like to think that the community can rely on local Council to look after local residents, business persons and ratepayers rather than one business leasing community land and using existing community infrastructure for a proposal with limited community benefit.
  • I would also like to ask George Seymour to please table a further 214 petitions signatures that will be forwarded electronically via email and their views against this development application.

More info on the Development Application here.   Chronicle Article here.

Adventure Days – ’10KM CHALLENGE’ #20

Scarness Park to the Pier Return

– Sat 28th of March 6:00am!
Lock it in your Diary!
For those that asked about my ‘4 Week Program’ to learn tools to be HAPPY, lose weight & get motivated about life there is more info here:
– eBook Only $39 (Instant Download): http://jeanettemaynes.com/product/4-week-program/

10km Challenge 2015 #20

EVENT UPDATE FRASER ISLAND MARATHON: PERMIT REFUSED “The run so good they had to ban it!”

7 News Clip –


Facebook Notice 2

DUE TO NEW (Late Jan 2015) DINGO SAFETY RULES: DO NOT RUN. RUNNING OR JOGGING CAN TRIGGER NEGATIVE DINGO INTERACTION.
– MINISTERS OFFICE: I’m still waiting on a response from the new minister’s office on – What is the current governments view / stance on this?
– COMMUNICATION FROM TEAM LEADER | SOUTHERN TOURISM AND RECREATION PERMITS:
I have forwarded your questions onto the appropriate officers (Rangers) for a reply.
These matters do not have any bearing on the basis of the decision, which is that the safety communication had changed and any permit must be consistent with these messages.
– FRASER COAST MAYOR: No response
– QUESTIONS STILL TO BE ANSWERED:
• These questions do have a bearing and big impact as to what people can do on the island.
If I am doing my community hikes I will need to advise people very specifically of the new dingo rules and any repercussions or possible fines.
If due to gravity I engage in a light downhill jog on one of the many steep hills, I want to know the rules.
• Could you please also specifically respond as to why the dingo safety rule changed when the reported women had slowed to a walk and were standing still for a period of time before the actual attack?
I need to clearly and specifically understand with evidence why this is different to dingo attacks in relation to walking, camping, swimming and passing out in the bush.
• What are the repercussions if you are caught ‘trail running or jogging’ in the national park?
• Will rangers be issuing a fine?
• Do they have the authority to do this and if so how much?
• What is the different to walking in groups or running in groups?
• There has been numerous attacks on walkers and people standing still plus in groups so why is walking not banned or listed as triggering negative behaviour also?
• If a dingo attacks a child will we be fining or reprimanding the parent that ‘runs’ to their aid?
• Will fines be issued to the parents of children that ‘run’ on the beach or play on Fraser Island.
I feel your current (FIDCRMS) are extremely misleading to the public and should be more specific and include years of evidence on the Island –
• “Do not walk. There have been many cases with significant evidence of walking triggering a negative dingo interaction and people have been bitten and attacked”.
• “Do not pass out drunk. There have been many cases with significant evidence of passing out drunk triggering a negative dingo interaction and people have been bitten and attacked”.
(Sufficient evidence of an attack – Jul 30, 2012 – German tourist who was attacked by dingoes on Fraser Island)
• “Do not swim. There have been many cases with significant evidence of swimming triggering a negative dingo interaction and people have been lunged at and attacked”.
(Sufficient evidence of an attack – were a dingo was killed that lunged at the girl swimming at Eli creek in Jan 2015)
• “Do not run in the vicinity of dingo prone areas as per areas of concern mentioned on the Fraser Islands Conditions report” (being up top on the other side of the island to the proposed course)
So what exactly is the risk?
Recent history of dingo attacks has, as far as we know, centred on areas where people stay overnight, cooking food and in some cases feeding dingos, a situation which can encourage dingo aggression.
Organised runs on Fraser Island have a long history starting in the 1980s.
The routes are away from risk areas like campsites, mostly on remote trails.
To my knowledge there have been no dingo attacks during organised runs.
For this new Fraser Island run we had planned participant briefings and advised runners to run in pairs or larger groups, on encountering a dingo to stop and face the dingo. Since there are many runners in a race any stopped group will shortly be joined by others. These precautions ensure the risk is much lower than that presenting for campers at the main island overnight sites.
Parks staff may well know more details about dingo behaviour, but a necessary step before imposing extreme strategies is public consultation and scrutiny of the evidence. Because this strategy affects public events on Fraser Island it has long term implications for the public perceptions of the island’s safety and tourism industry. If the island is not safe for an organised and supported run, how safe will remote walkers feel? How soon before you have to ban camping? or swimming at high visitor areas?
A big THANK YOU to everyone for your support to date and the valuable time you have invested into this AWESOME event (Excluding Qld Parks, what a hideous Experience!), the whole event had been organised in the background and was pretty much ready to go (with Qld Parks not advising they were looking at changing the dingo safety rules the whole time). Thanks to my fitness & hiking / adventure friends, all businesses involved, TRAQ, especially Greg Waite (Co-founder TRAQ), Fraser Coast SES, Kingfisher Bay Resort, 4 Week Program, Design House, Graphic Screen Printing, Bay City Engraving, the official confirmed volunteers being Carol, Susie & Michelle and many more …. stay tuned folks there is talk of a “PROTEST RUN!”

More info here!

10990852_347929318664458_4795788979130525069_n

Fraser Island Marathon you tube

4 Week Program! Make the Change Today!

THREE SIMPLE Steps to SUCCESS:

1. Sign Up & Download the ‘4 Week Program!’ ( http://www.4weekprogram.com.au )
2. Follow the Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan!
3. See & Feel the Results!
Learn to be HAPPY in 4 Weeks!
“Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more Rewarding!”

Stay tuned and “Happy Power Walking” ……

UPDATE 17.02.2015;  ON HOLD – PERMIT REFUSED

Due to a NEW Fraser Island Dingo Conservation and Risk Management Strategy (FIDCRMS)  – DO NOT RUN. RUNNING OR JOGGING CAN TRIGGER NEGATIVE DINGO INTERACTION. – Introduced by QLD Parks after the third week in January 2015.
I am still corresponding with Qld Parks on numerous questions that need specific clarification and will advise.
I will also be communicating direct with the Ministers office now that they are out of care taker mode.

Parks Bans running on Fraser Island 2

OFFICIAL COMPLAINT: NEW DINGO SAFETY RULES | FRASER ISLAND MARATHON |  PRESS RELEASE

I have been advised in person by Matt Davies | Visitor Management from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service via a phone call , 4 February 2015 at 11:30am that there is new dingo Safety Rules; BEING DO NOT RUN. RUNNING OR JOGGING CAN TRIGGER NEGATIVE DINGO INTERACTION.
I have also been informed they will now not be issuing a permit for my Fraser Island Marathon Event Proposed for the 19th of July 2015 as it will contradict their new rules. An email is supposed to be sent at some stage ….  2 days on and still no notice?????

  • I am extremely interested as to how Qld Parks intend to maintain this Policy?
    Especially as there is no evidence that runners are at more of a risk. Attacks have happened to a range of visitors, the two women attacked in October 2014 were not running at the time – this is the really important point, running is simply not relevant to risk of attack. Qld Parks really need to have a rethink as this is clear discrimination and I cannot see how they will be able to defend this Policy.
    The new policy banning running is simply not appropriate, and makes the Park service look amateurish and unrealistic.
  • 10647106_387231901432673_5765589970881632444_nI have been working towards this event for six months, Parks have been supportive, we had a plan in place to manage the dingo risk and confidence in it. My Marathon Proposal has all the relevant processes in place to make people safe. Importantly the risk for an event falls on the event organiser, not Parks; I am a local, I understand the risks and we have them covered, including briefing entrants before the run.
  • 10636258_715980451825684_2583485308637997144_nEvents like this also bring important benefits: publicity for the region, future visitors, money injected into the local community / Fraser Island and promoting healthy activity regionally (The Fraser Coast has 65% of people being either obese or overweight) – all this will be lost.
  • I have applied for an internal review of the decision, lodged a formal complaint and will be speaking direct to the Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport who has been contacted. I have also asked for a comment from our State Member who’s office has contacted me and the Mayor. I have also contacted the Butchulla People & Queesnland South Native Title Services  about any New Native Title requirements that may need to be respected or adhered to in relation to the Great Walk Tracks.

This isn’t something we would deal with and can’t see how Native Title would impact your application to hold your event.
Erin Lang | Administration Officer – Legal
Queensland South Native Title Services

  • FIMI was told by Matt they on the 4 February 2015 Qld Parks have been discussing these new rules since before Christmas with Matt even telling me to apply for my permit plus I also had a face to face appointment with Matt to discuss all aspects of the race including my eight page safety contingency plan and six page proposal during this time frame / period. It is my belief that Qld Parks should have disclosed these new impending rules to me and been honest before I applied the permit application. I have also been advised in writing my application fee is not refundable. (We will see about that)Matt only made contact via phone when I emailed on the 4th “Are you not getting my emails, I’m not getting a reply?” …. numerous time was spent asking Matt to answer emails throughout the process ….
    On Wednesday, 24 December 2014  Matt approved for a notice to go up to advertise the event was coming on social media, even though Parks was discussing in the background to implement new dingo safety rules of no running on Fraser Island unbeknown to me ….quote Matt “Yes I’m comfortable with this going up given the dates and exact location are not mentioned.”


Sent:
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 12:08 PM
To: Jeanette Maynes
Cc: Sunshine Fraser Permits
Subject: RE: Dingo Safety Rules

Hi Jeanette,

It is really important for you to thoroughly read through the Information Notice that will be sent to you today or tomorrow. This notice includes review and repeal provisions should you wish to take that course of action. This is standard procedure that we need to follow in relation to your application. Permit fee is refundable but not application fee.

2 days on and still no notice?????     Notice eventually received …..

  • Total of invoice complied for compensation to lodge with an Official Complaint at the Queensland Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport dues to Qld Parks staff not being upfront since before Christmas in relation to the impending new dingo safety rules / policy that would affect the event.

– 5 hrs writing all website pages and race terms & conditions / legalities, (10 Pages)
– 2hrs liaisoning with Kingfisher Bay resort, including phone calls, emails
– 5hrs liaisoning with TRAQ, including phone calls, emails, safety contingency plan
– 1hrs liaisoning with SES, Fraser Island Police & Ambulance, including phone calls, emails
– 5hrs creating risk safety management plan (eight pages) as per Matt from Qld Parks request to provide
– 3hrs creating Marathon Proposal (Five Pages) as per Matt from Qld Parks request to provide
– 1 hr organising finishers shirts and the artwork design
– 1hr organizing finishers medals
– 2hrs organising insurance, underwriters reviewing race terms & conditions / legalities, including phone calls, emails
– 10hrs, logo design, poster, social media design, website template as per Qld Parks approval in writing to advertise upcoming event
35hrs @ $100 + gst per hour = $3,500 + gst

Fraser Island Marathon Facebook

  • On the 13th of January I was contacted by a Claire Wright | Ranger, Visitor Management, “As Matt indicated I have experience in assessing competitive running events in protected areas and already have some ideas to run past you. My intention is to work collaboratively with you over the coming months so that the event can be delivered safely and productively and that your permit facilitates this to best effect. As you are well aware Fraser Island presents unique challenges, particularly with regard to visitor safety and experiences. I  will call you for a bit of an initial chat when I get back from leave next week but in the meantime we are looking at a tentative date to visit Hervey Bay and meet with you of Friday February 6th.”(I was initially informed the permit would be all finalised in January)……..”– the permit would be approved sometime after the meeting on 6th as our visit up to meet with you forms part of our assessment process.  There is a certain level of detail required for your permit and this will take a little time but please be assured the more time spent in planning  the event and having  this properly represented in a workable and helpful permit the better. (13th of January)”…..” I always intended to speak with you on the phone prior to our meeting on 6th  ……. What I can confirm is that there is no other event booked in for that location on that date at this stage and I will ensure the day is kept reserved pending your assessment . (19th of January)” ….”QPWS and this Region  is supportive of the utilisation of Great Walks and is working positively with groups to promote running events, but Fraser Island is unique in terms of being home to dingoes and the delivery of Dingo- safe public contact messages must necessarily be factored into the assessment of your permit application. I am not able to comment further at this stage but will endeavour not to keep you waiting any longer than absolutely necessary. (21st of January)”…..”
    ……. on 4 February 2015 I emailed Claire to confirm our appointment time for the 6th and have heard nothing nor did she ever ring me as she said she would in numerous emails. I have been completely led on by Qld Parks in relation to my event.
  • The proposed Marathon course is on the other / Western side of the island and is not even in the main dingo prone areas of concern being Happy Valley, Eli Creek, The Maheno, K’gari, Cathedral Beach, The Pinnacles, Burad to Indian Head and Waddy Point to Duling including Orchid beach.
  • I have not seen a dingo once on any Fraser Island track in any of my hikes being – 2 x Z Force 10km, 15 x Lake McKenzie 20km, 1 x Eurong 28km, 2 x Eurong 56km and 1 x 90km Dilli Village to Happy Valley.
    That’s 550km of Fraser Island walked / run on foot and not one single dingo ever seen on the Great Walk track.
  • I have asked Matt from Qld Parks on the 4 February 2015 to forward the New Dingo Safety Brochure plus the exact new ruling / wording / policy.
    What exact date where the rules / policy were implemented / approved / changed?
    What are the repercussions if you are caught ‘trail running or jogging’ in the national park?
    Will rangers be issuing a fine? Do they have the authority to do this and if so how much?
    Will this be consistent across the island eg. at campsites, kids playing on the beach, etc.
    I have not received a response to date …..
  • It’s interesting to note the two sisters attacked on the other side of the island nowhere near the proposed marathon course weren’t even running when attacked, they were standing still?
    “The sisters, both mothers-of-two, were about 1km from their holiday unit at Yidney Rocks when they slowed to a walk after the dingoes began watching them and growling. “We knew it was bad. We stood tall and shoulder to shoulder and stayed still and stared them in the eye, which they say is the best thing to do,” Ms McGovern said….. more info here
  • Could Qld Parks please explain the difference between a dingo attack on a walker or a dingo attack on a jogger standing still?
  • If runners and joggers are not allowed to enjoy the Fraser Island Great Walk & hiking tracks how is that different to walkers and all national / international tourists. Fair is fair, same rules for all?
  • QLD Parks website reads:
    “Walk in groups – People walking alone on Fraser Island have been threatened and bitten by dingoes.” …. So the new 2015 dingo safety measures are to ban running & jogging in groups, but you can still walk even though walkers are bitten by dingoes as per their website?
  • As a dingo was killed that lunged at the girl swimming at Eli creek in Jan 2015, will we also be banning all swimming and visits to popular waterholes for dingo safety rules on Fraser Island? More info here
  • If a dingo attacks a child will we be fining the parent that ‘runs’ to their aid?
  • Will fines be issued to the parents of children that ‘run’ on the beach or play on Fraser Island.
  • I feel you have more chance of being attacked by a dog walking your local streets
  • I wonder about the dingo safety contingency plan for the Australian Outback Marathon at Ayers Rock / Uluru, isn’t there dingos there too, they seem to manage?

“I don’t feel running / jogging or walking is necessary an issue unless at dawn or dusk more so on the eastern beach as this is the dingoes natural food foraging time”
– Ray Revill | Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary

dingo 1Maybe it’s time we discuss the real issue here being the safety and fun of all; humans and dingoes.
AND IMPLEMENT A SOLUTION!

  • Dingos should be being fed.
    That fact they are not and are starved completely contradicts Qlds Parks latest “Working on Fraser Island” potential employee information image here clearly stating “Conservation of the Fraser Island dingo is of national significance”
  • Should the dingos perhaps be in some sort of large enclosure separated from humans? Problem Solved?
  • IMG_4899Would this work as they are territorial? Perhaps two or three enclosures could work?
  • They could be a possible tourist attraction where safe selfies could be taken from outside a fence during feeding times. Starvation Problem Solved?
  • As the Fraser Island dingoes are nearly extinct (experts suggest less than 100 exist) should we be starting an immediate breeding program?…..to quote Qld Parks again “Conservation of the Fraser Island dingo is of national significance”
  • Should it be compulsory for all tourists to tick a terms and conditions box when purchasing their barge ticket acknowledging they are entering dingos natural territory and do so at their own risk accepting all responsibility for themselves and their children?
  • Should those that break the dingo safety rules be fined?
    This money could be spent on food for the starving dingoes!

Save the Fraser Island Dingoes!

Meet ‘Spirit’ she is one of only two white dingoes in QLD!
I recently had a chat with JanneanRay Revill on the best way to find a solution so our Fraser Island Dingos are protected from extinction and a possible breeding program.

IMG_4888

 

Jannean Deans report of our meeting with some of my notes:

6th January 2015
Curator: Ray Revill – Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
79 Mungar Road, Maryborough
Phone: (07) 4122 2080
info@frasercoastwildlifesanctuary.org.au

The Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary staff consists of a curator assisted by a dedicated and enthusiastic band of volunteers.They are involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of native fauna and many of their volunteers are licensed to care for orphaned and injured animals and birds.

While they realise the enormity of the task they are undertaking, they are excited at the challenge and confident that with the support of Fraser Coast Council, business community, learning institutions, locals and visitors, they can become a major attraction for the area as well as continuing to provide a home for our animals.
They are always looking for volunteers at the Sanctuary. If you think you would be interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Ray.

History
The Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary came into being in 2004 when Nature World in Hervey Bay closed down.
It was established by TESS (Training Employment Support Services) to accommodate the animals that were in need of a new home.
In July, 2013 TESS decided it was time to concentrate on their core business and accepted an offer from Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. to lease the facility.
The existing curator, Ray Revill, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the sanctuary and required to live onsite.

Mission Statement
The goals of the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary are:
To provide a haven for Australian native animals and birds in a natural environment.
Undertake the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and sick native animals and birds.
Promote education and understanding of our native fauna.
To contribute to our community and region by providing a facility which people can visit for an enjoyable experience, interact with and increase their knowledge of our native animals and birds.
Become a tourist attraction for the Fraser Coast region.
Remain community based operation.

1. Dingo Management – Policy incorporating Fraser Island (K’Gari) Tourism (Written by Jannean E Dean) – 42 rangers on FI
Implementation and approval of a new Dingo Management Policy with the State Government to protect and increase their numbers
1.1 FI Rangers to monitor visitors during peak periods at popular visiting spots and ask them to move away of approaching dingoes

2. Marketing
2.1 Dingoes on display during peak seasons at Fraser Island Barge Landing to educate visitors about dingo safety
2.2 Safe photo opportunities
2.3 Raise donations
2.4 May attract visitors to the sanctuary while in the area
2.5 Incorporating Fraser Island (K’Gari) into Tourism mixed media

3. Sponsorship of 4WD Vehicle – 4 x 4 twin cab ute – Diesel Turbo
3.1 Sell vehicle signage to sponsors

4. Veterinary supplies

5. Donations or fund raising required for the following:
5.1 Stormwater pipes – 200mm, 300m, 900mm (concrete)
5.2 Soaker pipes (100mm) 200 metres
5.3 Bags of concrete x 50
5.4 shade house – 6 x 4 metres
5.5 Shade cloths – 70 % – 500 metres
5.6 Crocodile enclosure – ARC mesh panels – 100 x 100 hard wood posts
5.7 Quoll enclosure
5.8 Koala enclosure – 16 x 100mm x 50mm hard wood – 10 x 100mm x 50mm hard wood – 10 x 70 x 38mm hardwood – Corrugated colour bond steel – 20 sheets x 4 metres
5.9 Chain link fence mesh – 300 metres
5.10 Fence post (steel round – 40 plus 60mm x 3 metres) (80 – 40 mm x 3 metres
5.11 Building timber (new) 3 x 2 – 4 x 2 – 100 x 100
5.12 Colourbond roofing iron – 4 metre lengths x 20 sheets
5.13 C-channel steel – 120 mm x 15 metres
5.14 Big ride-on mower
5.15 Push mowers (2) – 4-5 Horsepower
5.16 Small bobcat
5.17 Wheelbarrow x 2 – builder’s grade
5.18 Garden soil – 12 tonnes
5.19 Plants – gumtrees x 300 – bluegum, swamp, mahogany and other natives
5.20 Road base – 30 tonne
5.21 Cold tar for paths
5.22 Steel box tubing – 30mm x 30mm x 100 metres
5.23 Sleepers – 200 x 50 x 2 – 40 metres 40 lengths
5.24 Nuts, bolts, screws (assorted)
5.25 Cold room 6 x 8 feet
5.26 Crusher dust – 20 tonnes
5.27 Freezers (chest 400 litres or bigger)
5.28 Pigeon pair fridge / freezer 380-400 litres
5.29 UHF radio
5.30 Walkie talkies (3) – UHF 2 way
5.31 Commercial vacuum cleaners x 2

GOALS
1. Implement more Certificate III Environmental Traineeships for passionate adolescents to lead to further education.
2. Obtain funding to pay trainees for their work shifts
2.1 Grants
2.2 Donations
2.3 More visitors through the gates
2.4 Revenue opportunities
2.5 Local or State government assistance
2.6 Expand & grow into a budget / affordable overnight stay accommodation / tourist facility for campers also

REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPLEMENT
1. Sponsor a dingo
1.1 Didge – 5 yr old male from Northern Territory
1.2 Kora – 4 yr old female from Qld – (sister of Girri – full blood)
1.3 Girri – 4 yr old male from Qld – (brother of Kora – full blood)
1.4 Pup Pup – 2 yr old male from Fraser Island
1.5 Spirit – female – one of only two albino dingoes in Qld (Mother to Kora & Girri)
2. Running costs minimum $5,000 per month:
$1,900 feed + $1,800 rent (paid to TESS) + $1,700 electricity
3. Sponsor an animal
4. Sponsor a pen enclosure – plaque
5. Sponsorship sign placed on fence

If anyone would like to Sponsor one of Ray Revills’ awesome FIVE dingoes at the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary please shoot Ray an email and you will go on the sponsorship board and help with their survival and costs to run the sanctuary.
Please email Ray for bank direct deposit details: rbreville@bigond.com
How could you not they are so CUTE!

Big Woody Island – Middle Bluff Lighthouse

Some pics we took the other day when my mate Carol and I decided to explore Big Woody Island and Middle Bluff Lighthouse heritage listed in 1866. We walked about 1.5km along the rock lined tracked (with 100’s of spiders & their webs) then scaled down a cliff face to walk back to the boat via the beach.

IMG_4747

Relive the fascinating history of Queensland’s early light keepers as you explore around the lighthouses. Follow the walking track up to the Middle Bluff Lighthouse from the Gas Shed. For your safety, please do not enter or climb on the lighthouse complex structures. A rock-lined track once linked the Middle Bluff Lighthouse to the North Bluff Lighthouse. The track can now only be seen in places and is not sign posted.
[More info here]

Some interesting images here.
Woody Island Lighthouses & Ancillary Building Site – Interesting History here.

Some interesting images here. (Pictured below)
“A call for tenders for the construction of lighthouses and a lightkeeper’s cottage on Woody Island was advertised in the Maryborough Chronicle on 26 May 1866. ….. John Simpson was appointed as the first lightkeeper of Woody Island and the lighthouses became operational on 1 October 1867.  Simpson, remained at Woody Island until 1870, when he was transferred to the Sandy Cape Lightstation. Simpson’s replacement was Peter Hardie, lightkeeper, who remained on Woody Island until 1897. In 1883, Hardie’s daughter, Sarah May Hardie, died of lung congestion and was buried south of North Bluff. It is thought that a number of other unmarked graves are located in the area.
Woody Island Lighthouses & Ancillary Building Site – Interesting History here.

Cottonwood Tree | Hervey Bay Foreshore Erosion Crisis & Enzo Development Application Update!

We are happy to plant trees for the Council

We are happy to plant trees for the Council


APPOINTMENT REPORT BY Jannean E Dean 
& (some additional inserts by Jeanette Maynes)

Discussion between Fraser Coast Regional Council, CEO Lisa Desmond, Peter Smith Director – Community and Development was in attendance and Nigel Greenup Executive Manager Open Space & Environment –

Community & Development and of course the sensational Jeanette Maynes and myself on Tuesday 16th December.

  • Works will not begin on Ernie Organ Park until after the school holidays (early February 2015)
  • Working off 2007 Foreshore Management Plan (8 yrs old) not with current conditions or requirements
  • Foreshore Master Plan (layout of parks) will be received from GHD Pty Ltd end of January 2015.
  • Torquay Rock Wall Engineering Plan will be received from GHD Pty Ltd end of January 2015.
  • Scarness Rock wall needs to go ahead 28 January 2015 due to funding.
  • SEMP will be available early February 2015
  • One (1) petition was received back in 2010 and was dealt with by Council then (More info here: http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/petitioners-want-action-on-erosion/504266/)
    This petition was not acknowledged by Council in 2012: http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/online-petition-opposes-foreshore-clearing/1573323/
  • No other Petitions have been received by Council including Rodney Dudgeon’s with 3000+ signatures for Foreshore Protection – Rodney image of petition submissions receipts attached.
    ADDITIONAL INFO –  A document confirming the petition was tabled at a Council meeting and two other documents confirming that submissions were received by the Council, after Rodney Dudgeon queried the CEO about what she had been reported to have said at the meeting the day before – How extraordinary!
    • Document 1: http://jeanettemaynes.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/DOCSHBCC-2300324-v1-Petition_Response_Report_Clearing_of_Vegetation_fro….pdf
    • Document 2: http://jeanettemaynes.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/DOCSHBCC-2313465-v1-Dudgeon_R_-_Letter_Advising_Council_Decision_re_For….pdf
    • Document 3: http://jeanettemaynes.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/DOCSHBCC-2320361-v1-Dudgeon_R_further_letter_indicating_Council_s_outco….pdf
  • Jodie Woulfe posted her petition recently with 300 signatures to Council but they have no record of it, although CEO Lisa did advise “it could be in the system”
  • Petitions need to be specific – semantics I say, they are all relevant to protecting our foreshore
  • Were are you hiding Sand bags? - Image via Jeanette Maynes

    Were are you hiding Sand bags? – Image via Jeanette Maynes

    Sandbags are placed directly in front of the cottonwoods (beach side) the CEO said to a comment that Jeanette mentioned the Cottonwood trees have withstood the storms.
    (Jeanette Email to Lisa Desmond (CEO)  – If you look at the attached images, there seems to be only roots along that section, should I not be seeing sand bags like the other side of the jetty and in front of the caravan park?
    Locals have also said they saw no bags ever put in front at any stage, only sand pushed back up to the trees.
    As you stated at the meeting and was confirmed by both your executives that bags were indeed put in front of these trees could you please provided images or documentation that I can forward to the concerned community.

    Cottonwood roots - Image via Judy Calvert

    Cottonwood roots – Image via Judy Calvert

    CEO’s email response – Thank you.  It was my understanding that sandbags were necessary the full length however will confirm if bags were specifically installed within this location or sand pushing only.  The Council Officer involved in the completion of the works is presently on leave so will advise in the New Year, on the exact locations.
    Jannean’s response – I am concerned that you advised in our meeting that sandbags were definitely and directly in front of the cottonwood trees in Ernie Organ Park providing protection to the root system. This was also confirmed by Peter Smith and Nigel Greenup in the same meeting. Now, you cannot confirm whether they are as you stated or whether sand pushing being the only combat against the erosion. Coupled with this, we need to wait until the Council Officer returns from leave before this can be confirmed either way. It surprises me Council does not have processes in place that information of any nature could be obtained by following a procedure and accessing authorised paperwork that would have been submitted for the works to be carried out on the foreshore.)

    From: Lisa Desmond [mailto:Lisa.Desmond@frasercoast.qld.gov.au]
    Sent: Tuesday, 13 January 2015 5:37 PM
    To: ‘Jeanette Maynes'; jannean.dean1@bigpond.com
    Cc: Toni Souvlis; Nigel Greenup; George Seymour; Jenni Oort
    Subject: RE: Appointment 

    Dear Jeanette, 

    Thank you for your email and I apologise for the delayed response.  I have confirmed with Council Officers that we did sand push in this area where the cottonwoods are however we did not have sufficient time to install the temporary sandbags for the entire section.

    I apologise for my incorrect assumption and statement when we met, I understood when we met that we had installed temporary sandbags the full length from the boat ramp to Surf Club however my understanding was incorrect.

    Again I apologise. 

    In relation to the petition, a search of Council records has not located the hard copy of the 300 signature petition.  I believe there was an email to the Mayors Office advising that a hard copy would be provided and then requesting it to be returned, however this is the only correspondence we have.  I will ask Jenni to confirm if my understanding is correct.

     Kind Regards

     Lisa Desmond
    Chief Executive Officer
    Office of CEO

  • Keen to have environmental protection in place asap
  • Keen to learn best solution to erosion problem
  • Other areas along the foreshore have had requests from the public to have sea views. Council has rejected them
  • Enjoys the uniqueness of our foreshore and would like to maintain it
  • No evidence of arborist report
    CEO Response:  It is not envisaged that an Arborist Report will be required for this particular project. Council generally undertakes Arborist Assessments if large trees which are requested for removal or where concerns raised due to risk. Council Staff are experienced in the area of vegetation management.
  • No evidence of environmental impact statement
    CEO Response:  An Environmental Impact Assessment was not required for this project
  • No provision for what is to happen with the sand dune in Ernie Organ Park Plan, isn’t it supposed to be current?
  • Sand from Tooan Tooan Creek has been used in the sand pushing at Torquay (this will have another impact on the flow of our foreshore)

  • Ernie Organ Park Plan pdf document properties show it is created by the CEO’s Personal Assistant Toni Souvlis. Jeanette queried why parks don’t make the plans for the park. (Have been advised by the CEO that no evidence of parks doing the reports and not her PA; will be provided.)
  • Cottowood Ernie Organ Sign 1Jeanette has since emailed a signage concept to Council to be acknowledge at the next Council meeting. A sign at the corner of the Cottonwood trees explaining the history, significance and environmental importance of the trees and Ernie Organ for the locals and tourists. . Keith and Graeme Organ (Ernie’s sons) are in favour.  Images attached.
  • Briefly discussed Enzo’s Building ApplicationEnzo's Against Submission Hervey Bay
    – CEO said the development application has been reviewed by town planners Cardno and returned for more information on the ascetics before council review. Jeanette queried if the community will get to review the amended application to be able to make an informed decision. CEO advised no they will not.
    – In relation to questions surrounding car parking, the CEO advised costs of  $120,000 per annum (12 spaces x $10,000 each) according to the size of the plans that were submitted.
    – Petition against Enzo’s multi storey development application on the foreshore to be presented to council here: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/decline-reject-enzos-on-the-beach-development-application.html
    – More info here: http://jeanettemaynes.com.au/2014/10/08/submission-against-development-application-mcu-141028-by-enzo-andreuzzi-for-enzos-on-the-beach/

It was pointed out that even though the Council has approved works for Ernie Organ Park including the part removal of the cottonwood trees, the Foreshore Master Plan would probably have provisions to utilise some space expanding the park into the Caravan Park which is what Council’s aim is. Briefly touched on; Caravan Park being removed all together. This will be followed up.

My petition will be presented to Council prior to first meeting in 2015 so it can be discussed. This will provide further time to have a stop to the park until all plans are viewed, discussed and adopted. In the meantime I still plan on organising a couple of events at the park to keep up the vigilance.
(Please sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/fraser-coast-regional-council-do-not-remove-the-cottonwood-in-ernie-organ-park
More info on the Cottonwood tree and erosion crisis here: http://jeanettemaynes.com.au/2014/11/24/stop-the-chop-save-the-cottonwoods/ )

I suggested to Lisa it would be wise of Council to start involving the community in discussions and provide more details to the public in their media releases so people are fully informed and they have an opportunity to have their voices heard. We offered Council our services to help with the planting of trees and vegetation and Jeanette showed them the photo of 65 people willing to also help.

– Jannean E Dean | Hervey Bay Have your Say

(The following day the Mayor had an editorial and photo shoot in the paper in relation to Vigilantes – Interesting to note the background is dirt with absolutely no vegetation, Council certainly cleared that foreshore, quoted by Cr O’Connell as doing a “wonderful job”!
When we offered our services if they wanted a hand to plant any trees, the CEO & Executives never mentioned any legitimate pathways or groups people could join to help the environment ….Jeanette 
)

Lake McKenzie 20km Hike #15

10636258_715980451825684_2583485308637997144_n

Another Awesome Adventure Day and Community Hike was had on Fraser Island on Nov 1st, with a 20km return walk from Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie in 2:59mins mins return! 2,200 calories ✔

I had 26 Awesome hikers this time, with different levels of fitness, some of the guys were also on my 4 Week Program and everyone in attendance did Excellent!
I was really proud of all their personal achievements as this is one tough challenge!

10628111_790925017620817_1617094661538545429_nI also had Greg Waite the ex President of Trail Running Qld who had come up especially from Brisbane for the hike, which was very exciting. Greg certainly knows his stuff and is very experienced when it comes to trail running and trail events so it was amazing to have him along and lovely to chat to.

Everyone was thoroughly briefed, had well over 2L of water (this is my requirement on all hikes) and I had purifying tablets if they needed more water at Lake McKenzie plus I also printed out and read the Dingo Safety rules and what to do if you are approached by one. It’s best to always be fully aware and well informed.

IMG_3237The temperature was warm with summer approaching so we thoroughly enjoyed a dip in the magical Lake McKenzie for a refreshing cool down.

Lake McKenzie – has an area of 150 hectares and is just over 5 metres (16 ft) in depth. The beach sand of Lake McKenzie is nearly pure silica. It is a perched lake sitting on top of compact sand and vegetable matter 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level.

Some of us stayed overnight and enjoyed two more hikes the following morning.
– 7km stroll Z Force Commando School and McKenzie Jetty

During World War Two, the area near McKenzie’s Jetty was used by the Services Reconnaissance Department (popularly known as “Z Special Unit”) as a special forces training camp – the Fraser Commando School. Thousands of soldiers were trained here because the conditions were similar to those found on Pacific Islands where the Japanese were fought. Lake McKenzie was used for parachute training and the wreck of the Maheno was used for explosive demolitions practice.

Visitors to the site of the Fraser Commando School today can still see various relics of its military past including armour plates used to test armour piercing explosive charges and weapons and a concrete relief map of Singapore Harbour used as an aid in operations planning.

– 3km hike to the Lookout and Dundonga Creek then back via the beach.

More info on these walks here.  We also ran into our mate Rango on the barge who took us on our 90km challenge ! Can’t wait to go back again!

90km Fraser Island Great Walk in 2.5days!

10647106_387231901432673_5765589970881632444_n

WOW!!10648856_10152800862367277_5495370189772132261_o

What an awesome five day Adventure on Fraser Island!!!
We walked the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk in just 2.5 days!
(Myself, Carol, Susie & Tash – the Awesome Foursome!)

Starting at Dilli Village 6:30am on Friday morning, we trail walked through the amazing surrounds to Happy Valley by Sunday lunch 12noon! Staying at Lake Wabby via Central Station the first night on the track and Valley of the Giants the second night.

1795218_10152800835797277_9031225481823971146_oA big thank you to RANGO our support crew for looking after us and bringing the supplies into remote areas each day to ‘Rango’s Angels!’  (bedding, tents, food, clothes & BEER!)
We couldn’t have done this sensational achievement without you and your awesome jokes! (I don’t get it?)

A big thanks also to Carol for her excellent organisation skills with the trip / accommodation plus her vehicle got smashed and another vehicle pulling out the week prior, so with some quick genius work from her we still pulled the trip off! Really appreciated by all involved with the epic recovery and two new support 4WD’s!

Best Adventure to date I think, just absolutely breath takingly beautiful and challenging the whole way with nonstop hills, soft sand, and magical nature to immerse yourself in – eucalyptus woodland, rainforests, sand blows /dunes and pristine lakes!

1st day was 42km a trail marathon, day two 26.5km – 29km, day three 16.5km straight to the bar at Happy Valley for a burger and beers!

We saw a few animals – three dingos, a few goanna’s, lots of butterflies, I nearly ran over a small black snake, and an owl followed us for about 5km plus a dingo even tried to eat my dencorub!

Carol & I also took a power pack so we could charge up the iphones to use runkeeper over the few days.

I burnt 9,445 calories during the week!

Fraser Island –  is a heritage-listed island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Its length is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) and its width is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi). It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km². It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.

The Maheno – is the most famous of Fraser Island’s wrecks and has become a landmark attraction. Built in 1905, the SS Maheno was one of the first turbine-driven steamers. She plied a regular route between Sydney and Auckland until she was commissioned as a hospital ship in Europe during World War One. She also served in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

In 1935, she and her sister ship the Oonah were sold to Japan for scrap.
The rudders of the boats were removed and they were being towed to Japan. When they reached Queensland Waters, a cyclonic storm snapped the tow chain and the Maheno drifted helplessly onto Fraser Island’s ocean beach.

Eli Creek – the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, pours up to four million litres of clear, fresh water into the ocean every hour.

Lake McKenzie – has an area of 150 hectares and is just over 5 metres (16 ft) in depth. The beach sand of Lake McKenzie is nearly pure silica. It is a perched lake sitting on top of compact sand and vegetable matter 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level.

Lake Boomanjin – Another perched lake on the island is  which at 200 hectares in size, is the largest perched lake in the world. In total there are 40 perched lakes on the island, half of all known lakes of this kind on the planet. Lake Boomanjin is fed by two creeks that pass through a wallum swamp where it collects tannins which tint the water red.

Lake Wabby – is the deepest lake on the island, at 12 metres (39 ft) in depth and also the least acidic which means it has the most aquatic life of all the lakes….. More info here.

Wanggoolba Creek is a fresh water creek on Fraser Island with its source in the Pile Valley and mouth on the Western shores of the island. Wanggoolba Creek at Central Station is a popular tourist destination due to the crystal clear waters flowing over white sand through a rainforest valley.

The Flora of Fraser Island is unique and diverse. More than 865 species of plants thrive on the island. It is the only place on Earth where tall rainforest grows in sand. The island contains the largest extent of wallum heath remnants in Queensland. In Pile Valley, 1,000 year old rough-barked satinays are found. Despite being logged the kauri pines dominate in some areas. Scribbly gums, red gums, piccabeen palms, Blue Quandong, brush box and pandanus all grow on Fraser Island.
[Info via – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_Island]

WOW AGAIN!! I’ve already planned the next few hikes over there in my head, just can’t get enough of the place!!

[Images via Jeanette, Susie & Carol – Digital cameras, iPhones & GoPros!]
Fraser Island Great Walk map here Fraser Island Great Walk topographic map (PDF, 2.3M)*.
Click on thumbnail to enlarge images.